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Vintage wants it hot, hot, hot

RAIN RAIN GO AWAY: Micheal Fruedenstein checks his fruit at his Rosehwhite vineyard after the region’s most recent rainfall. PHOTO: Brad Worrall

AFTER a slow start to the season, grape growers are hoping for warm and dry weather in February and March.

Vignerons expect this year’s grape harvest in the Ovens and Kiewa valleys to start a number of weeks later than recent years.

Cool weather and summer rain has so far delayed the ripening process.

Alpine Valley Vignerons president Micheal Fruedenstein said grapes are only just starting to turn.

“Certainly in the cooler parts of the valleys the grapes are about two to three weeks behind normal,” he said

“It’s been a very mild season, we just haven’t had the heat.

“The grapes are still quite hard, they are only just going in to veraison which is the start of the real ripening when the sugars start to develop.”

The full version of this story can be read in the print editions of the Myrtleford Times and Alpine Observer of Wednesday, 25 January, 2017 Click here to purchase the current digital edition

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